Walks for all - Fordwich to Reed Pond

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Walk information

Start point postcode: CT2 0BX - get directions
Length: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Duration (estimated): 1.5 hours

Parking: Park near the George & Dragon pub, by bridge over the Great Stour. Download a free map from Streetmap and search for 'Fordwich.'

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

This popular walk is one of our Walks For All series, passing through pleasant countryside and woodland from the village of Fordwich.

Maps and guides

Download the Fordwich Village to Reed Pond walk walking guide (PDF, 357.0 KB).

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 150 covers this walk. Available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

Fordwich was once a busy port serving Canterbury, when the River Stour was tidal. The stone used to build Canterbury Cathedral from Caen, in France, was unloaded here.

Today, it is said to be the smallest town in Britain and the town hall, which was first built in the reign of Henry VIII, is often open to the public.

The walk passes through land which is maintained and conserved by the Ministry of Defence. Nearby Chaucer Barracks is home to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

The highly attractive Reed Pond, with its wealth of wildlife, is the focal point of the walk. The pond once supplied the monks of Canterbury with water.

The path is well-compacted and smooth but with stones of up to 40mm in the final approach to Reed Pond. It climbs gradually from the woodland up to the pond with occasional flat surfaces. There are no seats.